The Choral Arts New England Board, 2017–2018

Officers: Susan Martin, Chair; Jon Saxton, Vice-Chair; Catharine Melhorn, Clerk; Cynthia Young, Treasurer.


  • Greg Brown (Belchertown, Mass.)
    Dr. Gregory W. Brown is a composer and conductor living in western Massachusetts. He holds degrees in conducting from Westminster Choir College (MM ’01) and The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia (DMA ’06) and has conducted and taught at Smith College, The College of Wooster, The Putney School, the University of Georgia, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and will serve as Visiting Director of Choral Music at Amherst College for spring 2018.
  • Jeffrey Buettner (Middlebury, Vt.)
    Jeffrey Buettner is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College, and music director of the Middlebury Bach Festival.
  • David Giessow (Braintree, Mass.)
    David Giessow is a Senior Lecturer in Vocal Music at The University of Massachusetts. He conducts the Somerville Community Chorus, and is Director of Music at the Hingham Congregational Church. He is an active lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He has served as treasurer for the Florida ACDA and has served on the board of the Massachusetts ACDA.
  • Andrea Goodman (Lenox, Mass.)
    Andrea Goodman is the founder and director of the Cantilena Chamber Choir in western Massachusetts.  She also serves as the Music Director for the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Andrea Graichen (Arundel, Maine)
    Andrea Graichen is a frequent soloist in the Greater Portland (ME) area, performing a wide variety of alto and mezzo-soprano repertoire.  She is a longtime member of ChoralART and the St. Mary Schola early music ensemble.
  • Carrie Hammond (Farmington, CT)
  • Angelynne Hinson (Portsmouth, NH.)
    Angelynne Hinson performs in Cantata Singers and is a founding member of vocollage, creating original concerts that unite words, music and dramatic concepts for live performance and radio. Ms. Hinson has maintained a private studio and has created and implemented voice/choral artist-in-residency programs throughout northern New England. She also works with medical professionals developing rehabilitative vocal techniques to help Parkinson’s and stroke patients.
  • Jennifer Kane (Southborough, Mass)
    Dr. Jennifer Kane is an active conductor of ensembles that specialize in treble repertoire. She is on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society as the conductor of the children and youth ensembles within the Vocal Arts Program. She is also the conductor of Cantilena Women's Chorale in Arlington, MA.
  • Cathy Lanigan (Peterborough, NH)
    Cathy currently sings with the Monadnock Chorus, Norway Pond Festival Singers, and Raylymor Opera Chorus.  She serves as Board President for the Monadnock Chorus and also serves on the board for Music on Norway Pond.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from SUNY at Fredonia and a Masters in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology. 
  • Susan Martin (Brookline, Mass.)  
    Susan sings with the Metropolitan Chorale in Brookline, MA and is currently serving on their board.
  • Edward Markward (No. Providence, RI.)  
    Edward Markward is Music Director of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra and Professor Emeritus of Music, Rhode Island College. Guest conducting appearances have included the Philadelphia Oratorio Choir, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Previous positions have included Music Director of Festival Ballet Providence, Associate Conductor of Providence Opera Theater and Director of Choral Activities and Symphony Orchestra at Rhode Island College. .
  • Catharine Melhorn (Arlington, Mass.)
    For 36 years Catherine served as Director of Choral Activities at Mount Holyoke College; between 2006-14, she served as Director of the South Hadley Children's Chorus.  She recently relocated from western Mass to Arlington, MA. 
  • Brian O'Connell (Lowell, Mass.)
    Brian has taught of the faculties of seven institutes of higher learning, has directed six choral societies, has had extensive experience in public schools, for fifteen years has directed the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout New England. He serves as choral composition adjudicator of The American Prize and is a past-president of Mass ACDA.
  • Dwight E. Porter (Stoneham, Mass.)
    Dwight E. Porter, a technology business consultant, is president of PrimeKey Management providing technology & web strategy and implementation to small business and non-profits. He is an active tenor with BSO’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Cantata Singers, and other Boston area choruses and churches.
  • Peter Pulsifer (Winchester, Mass.)
    Peter Pulsifer sings in several local choruses, including the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Chorus pro Musica, and was active for 16 years in the Washington Chorus in Washington, DC. He is a scientific consultant, computer programmer, editor and sometime writer.
  • Jon Saxton (Wayland, Mass.)
    Jon Saxton is a bass-baritone entering his 12th year singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has appeared in regional productions with the Vokes Theater, Westford Chorus, Concord Players, New World Chorale, and Opera51. Jon is chair of the board of Boston Singers’ Resource and the Wayland Cultural Council, and immediate past chair of Juventas New Music and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Committee. Jon also serves on the Leadership Council of MassCreative.
  • Suzan Smith (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Cynthia Young (Waban, Mass.)